Lorde ROLLING STONE Cover Girl

lorde-rolling-stone-cover-girlLorde on the cover of Rolling Stone. Lorde is 17, lives with her parents and loves Sylvia Plath. She also has a worldwide smash with ‘Royals,’ four Grammy nominations and acclaim for her smart, unique debut album, Pure Heroine.

How’d she become the unlikeliest superstar in pop? Contributing editor Rob Tannenbaum travels to Ella Yelich-O’Connor’s New Zealand home to answer that question in our new issue (on stands Friday).

Lorde: ‘I get paralyzingly nervous a lot of times, so I tried bravado, quoting Kanye West’s ‘Dark Fantasy’ (‘Me found bravery in my bravado’). ‘The way I dress and carry myself, a lot of people find it intimidating. I think my whole career can be boiled down to the one word I always say in meetings: strength.’

RS explores Lorde’s childhood (when she ignored an adult trying to influence her artwork at the ripe age of two), tracks the crooked path ‘Royals’ took to Number One and examines how Yelich-O’Connor has become an icon for teen girls of all stripes.

‘Everyone talks about Ella as the anti-Miley because she dresses like a witch and she doesn’t twerk,’ explains editor of Rookie, the definitive website for self-aware teen girls. ‘But it’s more nuanced than that. She sings about partying, she curses like a sailor and her songs aren’t completely asexual. She reflects an intelligence in girls our age, and normalizes it.’

  • Anon

    She is scary looking

  • Zaina777

    She looks like she could be Michael Jackson’s daughter.

    • Cici

      I can see that! ughh I LOVE MJ <333

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  • Parker

    I am so sick of everyone praising her like she’s the next Kurt Cobain or something. Her mother is a poet and HELPS HER WRITE HER SONGS. Don’t get me wrong: her album is great. But she’s not the music prodigy of the second coming that everyone builds her up to be- everyone wants to say that because she’s 17. And they only call her edgy because she’s bitchy and rude while speaking her mind, but it’s just as much as an act as Miley’s tongue or twerking, because it gets her attention. If she wasn’t 17, and was… like 22 or 23, her music wouldn’t get this much acclaim and when she spoke out like she does, she’d be blacklisted because of her lack of tact. She’s grossly overrated. And completely personally, the fact that she acts like she doesn’t care about any of the praise or fame she’s getting is completely off-putting, as if to say “I know I’m the shit, so you can stop telling me. I deserve this, so I don’t have to pretend I don’t.” Her pretentious air is sickening. I’m just waiting for her trend to decline.

    • mattyattack

      THIS. and i’d be more impressed if she wrote her songs completely solo, but she co-writes, she’d never have an album of completely penned-herself songs like taylor did with “speak now.” and she’s a kiwi… they don’t get a lot of artists from there so anyone who breaks out is celebrated because it’s not common. if she wins a grammy and isn’t happy or humble about it, i’ll be furious.

      • WorkitWorkitWorkitFierce

        I’m sad that Speak Now never got much attention from critics and was kinda underrated. It deserved more awards.

        But yeah, she (Lorde) needs to get her head out of her own ass.

  • Cici

    She looks amazing! so fierce.

  • Marina And My Diamonds

    I like it however I wish she would smile more, smirk, wink, do something else besides look like someone stole and ate the last bowl of cereal from her.

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